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A Life That Honors God – By Dr. Glenn Cummings

If you have a tendency to remind people of all the good things you do and the sacrifices you make, read what Jesus said: “When you have done all those things which you are commanded, say…‘We have done what was our duty to do.’” (Luke 17:10)

It is ok to get recognition for the good we do, and we all need some appreciation. But lots of times we don’t get it, so we’re left with three choices: (1) We can succumb to self-pity and go around complaining about how the world doesn’t treat us right or give us a fair shake. (2) We can give way to resentment, walk around with a chip on our shoulder, and end up wondering why people don’t want to be around us. (3) We can adopt the attitude Jesus taught and say, “I’m only doing what God expects of me. And knowing He is pleased with me is reward enough.”

If you try to run on the fuel of other people’s encouragement and praise, when it doesn’t come you’ll have no joy. And that’s bad because “the joy of the Lord [the joy that comes from knowing you walk under the smile of His approval] is your strength” (Ne 8:10). Living this way will make you a self-starter and a successful finisher. And when that happens, you’ll find favor at home and on the job, and end up with more friends than you know what to do with. Plus, your real reward, the one that matters most, is guaranteed when you stand before the Master one day and hear the words: “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Mt 25:23).

Discovering that you were in fact made and designed for an incredible mission is one of life’s greatest moments. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join God in His outreach to the entire human race. God has made clear His will. The Apostle Peter wrote, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

For each of us as disciples and believers means that God has sent us into this world to communicate His love, His Word and His will. That mission will include elements that all Christians should incorporate into their life and work, as well as specific ones unique to each believer.

Your work will be an extension of what Jesus himself did on the earth. He taught his disciples saying, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14:12). With such great encouragement, we are each blessed to launch each day with a desire to make a difference in heaven. The wasted life is the life that walks this earth and never changes heaven.

What have you done today that will impact heaven? To slightly modify a familiar saying…One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like. But one hundred years from now…it will matter if I made a difference in somebody’s eternity.